Bad M.S. driver?

Dell / DON'T KNOW
April 6, 2011 at 12:06:20
Specs: Windows 98, 266/16
I know very little about a computer passed over the fence to me, other than it had a bad power supply. That got replaced about two-three months ago, and it is running Win. 98 as a main OS.

The video board blew last month, and found a spare out in the bonepile. Removed the old one and installed the new video board, and then rebooted. Was fast, too fast. For the MS system said found new hardware and was searching for a new driver and installed it. It went and installed some M.S. one already on the system.

And then before I cound get back to it, it was running like normal already. The new driver installed itself, and was going already. Everything seemed to work OK then.

'cept now am getting a few brown screens with lines across. I reboot, and everything OK again. Bad driver? Was on the system already, no separate disk to install it.

Question is...
Shall I look for another video board or
Look for another manual driver...?

Wm.


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#1
April 6, 2011 at 13:07:32
I would think it far more likely to be a bad video card than a Microsoft supplied driver.

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#2
April 6, 2011 at 13:26:59
Spend $200 bucks or so on a new computer with a warranty. You have already wasted too much time on junk.

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#3
April 6, 2011 at 18:08:05
As per number One above, I am currently reading everything you are noting, on the junk video board. That same board came out of one of three Dell computers passsed over the fence in those months. Worked OK then, and why the occasional qlitch now then? I got more available where that one came from.

Wm.


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#4
April 6, 2011 at 21:03:14
In device manager how is the video card identified? Does it show as 'Standard PCI Graphics Adapter (VGA)'? If so you need to install the specific card drivers from the card or video chip manufacturer.

But it does sound like a problem with the card. If the video chip has a cooling fan and/or heatsink make sure they're clean of dust and the fan is spinning freely.

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